Melissa joined the City of Cedar Hill team as Management Analyst in May 2003 and currently serves as Deputy City Manager. In her role, she has oversight responsibility for numerous strategic City initiatives and City departments.
Along with DCM responsibilities, Melissa leads Cedar Hill's implementation of the 2017 $45 million bond program and the well-known "Growing Green" sustainability efforts. She is the project lead over the Library in a Park project built in the heart of the City’s Midtown area, which encompasses 42,000 SF of LEED certified public Library space, over 300,000 SF Signature Park and 1.2 miles of trails. Melissa has secured over $2 million in grants for citywide Green projects. She has coordinated the City's Sustainability Master Plan, a recycle-focused solid waste contract, installation of a 152-kW solar photovoltaic system and a 4.5 kW wind turbine, installation of several electric vehicle charging stations, a citywide solar-powered trash and recycling compactor program, and now a comprehensive water management and conservation AMI project.
Melissa is an ICMA Certified Public Manager through the International City Managers Association and an alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. She is a 2007 graduate of the Senior Executive Institute (SEI) of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia and a 2008 graduate of the Leadership ICMA program. Valadez-Cummings was the recipient of the 2014 ICMA John Garvey scholarship and traveled to the ICMA Sustainability Summit in China. Valadez-Cummings is an active member of the International City Management Association (ICMA), the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) and the North Texas City Management Association (NTCMA). Valadez-Cummings earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Kansas State University and holds a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas, where she serves on the Alumni Board of the renowned KU MPA City Management focused program.
Melissa was honored as "Woman of the Year" by the Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce in 2014. She is passionate about seeing other women succeed and enjoys promoting women to serve in leadership roles throughout the community. Melissa has two daughters, Amaya, and Zoe. They love to learn and are the future classes of 2026 and 2027!